Oscar Nominated Movies 1938

by David-Grant | created - 15 Nov 2016 | updated - 15 Nov 2016 | Public

All Feature Films Nominated at the 1938 Oscar Ceremony.

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1. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 6,223

2. The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy

Votes: 16,043

3. Captains Courageous (1937)

Passed | 117 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A spoiled brat who falls overboard from a steamship gets picked up by a fishing boat, where he's made to earn his keep by joining the crew in their work.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 7,880

4. Dead End (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The lives of a young man and woman, an infamous gangster and a group of street kids converge one day in a volatile New York City slum.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Joel McCrea, Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie

Votes: 5,441

5. The Good Earth (1937)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, Romance

Although married Chinese farmers Wang and O-Lan initially experience success, their lives are complicated by declining fortunes and lean times, as well as the arrival of the beautiful young Lotus.

Directors: Sidney Franklin, Victor Fleming, Gustav Machatý, Sam Wood | Stars: Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch

Votes: 4,103

6. In Old Chicago (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Musical

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady

Votes: 1,895

7. Lost Horizon (1937)

Approved | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La - but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard

Votes: 11,079

8. One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

Passed | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Deanna Durbin, Adolphe Menjou, Alice Brady, Leopold Stokowski

Votes: 826 | Gross: $2.27M

9. Stage Door (1937)

Approved | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A chronicle of the ambitions, dreams, and disappointments of aspiring actresses who all live in the same boarding house.

Director: Gregory La Cava | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Gail Patrick

Votes: 6,931

10. A Star Is Born (1937)

Passed | 111 min | Drama

77 Metascore

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Jack Conway | Stars: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson

Votes: 7,535 | Gross: $4.36M

11. Conquest (1937)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

A Polish countess becomes Napoleon Bonaparte's mistress at the urging of Polish leaders, who feel she could influence him to make Poland independent.

Directors: Clarence Brown, Gustav Machatý | Stars: Greta Garbo, Charles Boyer, Reginald Owen, Alan Marshal

Votes: 1,217 | Gross: $0.73M

12. Night Must Fall (1937)

Passed | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Merle Tottenham, Kathleen Harrison, May Whitty, Rosalind Russell

Votes: 1,926

13. Camille (1936)

Passed | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A Parisian courtesan must choose between the young man who loves her and the callous baron who wants her, even as her own health begins to fail.

Director: George Cukor | Stars: Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan

Votes: 6,603 | Gross: $1.15M

14. Stella Dallas (1937)

Approved | 106 min | Drama, Romance

A working-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 4,064 | Gross: $2.00M

15. The Hurricane (1937)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A Polynesian sailor -- unjustly imprisoned after defending himself against a colonial bully -- is relentlessly persecuted by his island's martinet French governor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith

Votes: 2,115

16. Topper (1937)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Cary Grant, Constance Bennett, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 6,133

17. Souls at Sea (1937)

Passed | 92 min | Action, Adventure

Cooper and Raft save lives during a sea tragedy in this story about slave trade on the high seas in 1842.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Gary Cooper, George Raft, Frances Dee, Henry Wilcoxon

Votes: 587

18. Black Legion (1937)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

When a hard-working machinist loses a promotion to a Polish-born worker, he is seduced into joining the secretive Black Legion, which intimidates foreigners through violence.

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Dick Foran, Erin O'Brien-Moore

Votes: 2,259

19. Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Romance

A Navy pilot gets involved in a romantic triangle while stationed in Hawaii.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Wendy Barrie, Ray Milland, Kent Taylor, William Gargan

Votes: 45

20. A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X". After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fontaine

Votes: 1,596

21. Every Day's a Holiday (1937)

80 min | Comedy, Musical

Set in New York City, Mae West is Peaches O'Day, a con artist who befriends Captain Jim McCarey (Edmund Lowe), a cop who must turn her in unless she leaves town. The clever Peaches returns ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Mae West, Edmund Lowe, Charles Butterworth, Charles Winninger

Votes: 189

22. Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937)

Passed | 89 min | Comedy, Music

Gangsters take control of a record company and use toughguy tactics on unwilling performers.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Phil Regan, Leo Carrillo, Ann Dvorak, Tamara Geva

Votes: 84

23. The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An Englishman on a Ruritarian holiday must impersonate the king when the rightful monarch, a distant cousin, is drugged and kidnapped.

Directors: John Cromwell, W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll, C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey

Votes: 3,841

24. Vogues of 1938 (1937)

Passed | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Warner Baxter, Joan Bennett, Helen Vinson, Mischa Auer

Votes: 224

25. Wee Willie Winkie (1937)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Family

Priscilla Williams, a young girl living with her widowed mother and paternal grandfather at the post he commands in northern India, becomes enamored of military life and embroiled in brewing rebellion against the crown in the early 1900's.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith, June Lang

Votes: 1,237

26. You're a Sweetheart (1937)

Approved | 96 min | Musical, Romance

Hal Adams tries to win the heart of Broadway star Betty Bradley.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Alice Faye, George Murphy, Ken Murray, Charles Winninger

Votes: 65

27. The Girl Said No (1937)

76 min | Comedy, Musical

Jimmy, a bookie cum horse buying agent, meets a beautiful dance hall girl. After leading him on, and out of his money, she rejects him. Jimmy hatches a scheme to wreak revenge on her. He ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Robert Armstrong, Irene Hervey, Paula Stone, Edward Brophy

Votes: 55

28. Hitting a New High (1937)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Lili Pons and Jack Oakie star as a nightclub singer with aspires to be an opera diva and the met star whom she chases all the way to a safari in Africa to make her dreams come true in this wacky musical comedy.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Lily Pons, Jack Oakie, John Howard, Eric Blore

Votes: 188

29. Maytime (1937)

Approved | 132 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

An aging opera singer looks back on her long life, including her relationships with her vocal teacher and a student.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore, Herman Bing

Votes: 889

30. Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed | 97 min | History, Western

The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Joel McCrea, Bob Burns, Frances Dee, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 394

31. Waikiki Wedding (1937)

Approved | 89 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A beauty contest winner of the "Miss Pineapple Princess" pageant takes part in a publicity scheme in Hawaii, and is pursued by an advertising executive for the agency doing the promotion.

Director: Frank Tuttle | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Martha Raye, Shirley Ross

Votes: 241

32. Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Musical

A small town electrician becomes a hit singer in New York and gets involved with a gold digger, a thief, an opera singer and the woman he loves.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Kenny Baker, Frank McHugh, Alice Brady, Gertrude Michael

Votes: 112

33. Shall We Dance (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A budding romance between a ballet master and a tap dancer becomes complicated when rumors surface that they're already married.

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore

Votes: 5,936

34. Artists & Models (1937)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mac Brewster (Benny) is head of an advertising firm that is in debt. The million-dollar Townsend Silver contract could save the firm, but the wealthy playboy Alan Townsend (Arlen) wants an ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Jack Benny, Ida Lupino, Richard Arlen, Gail Patrick

Votes: 227

35. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

G | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

95 Metascore

Exiled into the dangerous forest by her wicked stepmother, a princess is rescued by seven dwarf miners who make her part of their household.

Directors: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Adriana Caselotti, Harry Stockwell, Lucille La Verne, Roy Atwell

Votes: 162,983 | Gross: $184.93M

36. Make a Wish (1937)

Passed | 77 min | Comedy, Musical

While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Bobby Breen, Basil Rathbone, Marion Claire, Henry Armetta

Votes: 115

37. Portia on Trial (1937)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama

Lady lawyer Portia Merryman (Frieda Inescourt) defends woebegone Elizabeth Manners (Heather Angel), who is on trial for shooting her lover Earle Condon (Neil Hamilton).

Director: George Nichols Jr. | Stars: Walter Abel, Frieda Inescort, Neil Hamilton, Heather Angel

Votes: 34

38. Quality Street (1937)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In the 1810s, an old maid poses as her own niece in order to teach her onetime beau a lesson.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot Tone, Eric Blore, Fay Bainter

Votes: 948

39. Something to Sing About (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical

A New York bandleader journeys to Hollywood when he is offered a contract with a studio, but he is determined to do things his way and not theirs.

Director: Victor Schertzinger | Stars: James Cagney, Evelyn Daw, William Frawley, Mona Barrie

Votes: 671

40. Way Out West (1937)

Approved | 65 min | Comedy, Family, Western

Stanley and Ollie are enlisted to deliver the deed to a goldmine in a small village, only for it to be stolen.

Director: James W. Horne | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sharon Lynn, James Finlayson

Votes: 6,928

41. Varsity Show (1937)

Approved | 120 min | Musical

Winfield College students who are trying to put together the annual varsity show come into conflict with their faculty adviser, a stodgy old professor whose ideas are hopelessly out of date... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Dick Powell, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Ted Healy, Rosemary Lane

Votes: 297

42. Ready, Willing and Able (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two songwriters want to cast a British star in their new show.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Ruby Keeler, Lee Dixon, Allen Jenkins, Louise Fazenda

Votes: 189

43. A Day at the Races (1937)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones

Votes: 12,061

44. Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler | Stars: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young, June Lang

Votes: 473

45. Thin Ice (1937)

Approved | 79 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A Swiss hotel's ski instructor falls in love with a man who goes skiing every morning.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Arthur Treacher, Raymond Walburn

Votes: 273



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